This is an actual advertisement from 1955. The small print says:
“Why we have the youngest customers in the business. This young man is 11 months old and he isn’t our youngest customer by any means. For 7-Up is so pure, so wholesome, you can give it to babies and feel good about it. By the way Mom, when it comes to toddlers, if they have to be coaxed to drink their milk, try this. Add 7-Up to the milk in equal parts.”
Unbelievable! Can you imagine an ad like that today? But the advertisers of that time knew what they were doing. They were establishing family habits. Because they knew the habits that we grow up with are passed on through generations. Maybe we don’t give it to babies, but we see toddlers drinking soda pop everywhere we go.
Is soda pop a familiar part of your day?
I grew up drinking Pepsi, Orange Crush, Root Beer and 7-Up. My father used to buy wooden crates of it – in glass bottles of 24. He would keep the crates in the garage. And we all knew where to get our favorite drink. By the time I was eight, my teeth were full of cavities. Perhaps you may need to take a closer look at what kind of soda you drink.
Are Carbonated Beverages Leaching Calcium From Your Bones?
That edgy bite that you get from drinking soda pop may come from the addition of phosphoric acid, which leaches calcium from the bones. This is especially important for women who are in their mid-40’s and later, who are in peri-menopause, and menopause, which predisposes them to bone loss, and the development of porous bones.
The History of Soda Pop
In the US, carbonated water was known as soda water until the 1940’s, because of the sodium salts in it. Carbonated beverages, initially were given that sparkling effervescence by dissolving carbon dioxide in the water under pressure. The process of dissolving carbon dioxide in water is called carbonation. The main ingredient in carbonated soft drinks that allows us to call them carbonated is carbonated water. But “soda pop” or carbonated drinks today can contain more than sodium bicarbonate and carbon dioxide. And it’s the other ingredients that have been introduced that we need to be wary of.
As carbonated drinks became popular sodium or potassium based alkaline compounds such as sodium bicarbonate were added to reduce acidity and regulate flavoring in order to imitate the taste of natural mineral water.
Then came the sugars and low cal sweeteners, and a variety of different tastes were introduced to create new products. Throughout the US today, “soda pop” has come to mean any type of sweetened, carbonated soft drink. Soda pop is notorious for causing tooth decay because of the high levels of sugars dissolved in the mix.
Initially the concern with “soda pop” or “soft drinks” was the tooth decay that it caused especially in children. Now in addition to this, it’s the bone loss from the phosphoric acid that is present in carbonated beverages, primarily colas, which reduces bone density and leads to osteoporosis. In the US, Pepsi is made with carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sugar, phosphoric acid, caffeine, citric acid and natural flavors.
There Are Deadly Chemicals in Your Diet Soda
Did you know, that a large bottle of Diet Coke in your grocery cart contains 56 mg of “methanol”?
The EPA suggests you drink only 7.8 mg per day of methanol. Why would you want to drink any deadly poison?
Methanol, also known as “wood alcohol” is the alcohol that makes skid row alcoholics go blind or end up dead. It breaks down in the body into formic acid and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used to embalm dead bodies. Methanol is considered a cumulative poison, because the body tends to store it, once it is absorbed.
Want to Know What the Symptoms of Methanol Poisoning Are?
Ringing in your ears, dizziness, nausea, digestive problems, weakness, chills, brain fog, numbness and shooting pains in your hands and feet, behavioral disturbances, and numbness of your nerves.
Most common are vision problems such as cloudy vision, narrowing of peripheral or side vision, blurred vision, and retinal damage, leading to blindness.
People who drink diet drinks are at higher risk for obesity and a collection of medical problems such as belly fat, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Which Sweeteners Can We Trust?
Instead of using those little packets of Aspartame, Nutra-sweet, Splenda, or Saccharin, choose raw brown sugar, raw agave syrup, honey, pure maple syrup, not artificial maple syrup. These are the best natural sweeteners. But you won’t find these healthy sweeteners in diet drinks.
In this video you will learn the truth about artificial sweeteners and the health consequences of consuming foods that contain this potent neurotoxin.
How Soft Drinks Can Make You Fat
Soda Pop triggers a chain reaction that leads to further unwanted side effects. Phosphoric acid neutralizes the stomach acids needed to digest foods. Phosphoric acid binds with magnesium and calcium in the digestive tract to form salts that cannot be absorbed. And if your body isn’t able to digest the food you eat, you will not feel satisfied. That means you will feel hungry after eating. And if you feel hungry after eating, that makes you want to eat more.
Fighting back – Read the Ingredients on the label
You can drink plain carbonated water that comes in the form of club soda, soda water, sparkling water, and seltzer water. This is a healthier alternative because it doesn’t have the phosphoric acid, sugars or flavorings. But even healthier is natural mineral water. It comes out of the ground with the bubbles in it. And you can add that extra bit of flavor or tang with lemon or ginger. The only thing you have to beware of is the kind of container that it comes in. But that’s a whole other story.